Williams applauds side’s character as Ashington win again

Ashington Cricket Club captain Greg Williams.
Ashington Cricket Club captain Greg Williams.
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Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams praised his side’s character after they had secured their 15th victory of the season at Consett on Saturday.

The Colliers travelled to Hope Street with the threat of a hat-trick hovering over them after losing on their last two visits.

But they firmly shrugged that off with an excellent display in the field after being bowled out for the first time this term for 174.

“Consett has been a funny ground for us over the past couple of years so it was good to get a win,” said Williams.

“We had to bowl and field well because Consett have a couple of batters in their side who can come off and take the game away from you.

“We grafted and batted well on a pitch which certainly was not easy, but were still disappointed with our total of 174.

“We bowled really well, putting the ball in the right areas, and it showed how hard a pitch it was to bat on.

“We discussed about our bowlers having short spells today with quite a bit of a breeze coming from one end – but everyone picked up a couple of wickets and I was chuffed to bits with the win.

“It was a great performance in the field and came on the first day where we have had a low score.

“Certainly the character shone through with the lads showing what they are capable of doing.”

Williams again lost the toss and said: “I probably would have put them in, but it was another example of being a good one to lose.

“After Jack McCarthy’s dismissal early on we then got off to a good start through Ani [Singh] and Jack [Jessop].

“We lost a few easy wickets in the middle, which wasn’t ideal, but it was a great knock from Ani, who was a class act with the ball as well, but others like Sean McCafferty and Ben Harmison also chipped in.

“We had to make early inroads and picking up Kamran Mansoor was a massive wicket for us.

“Every time they got going we seemed to intervene and we were in control all the way through, so it was a good 20 points.”

The Colliers continue to head the table with a 46 points advantage over nearest challengers and defending champions Shotley Bridge, but Williams said: “Our outlook has never changed. We face another tricky fixture away to Leadgate on Saturday and will be merely looking to win the game.”